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Rebik dismissed as Arts Council interim director

April 28, 2001|By ANTHONY LONGORIA, Staff Writer

After nearly two years as interim director of the Imperial County Arts Council, Nan Rebik has been dismissed from her post.

Board president Clyde Shields would not give reasons for Rebik's dismissal. He did say the board will immediately advertise for another director.

Rebik said Saturday a personality conflict with board members contributed to her dismissal.

She had been interim executive director since Mitjl Capet left in mid-1999. She was officially dismissed Tuesday.

Under her direction, the council expanded its highly successful Mostly Theatre Company-sponsored summer drama program by including summer offerings in music, storytelling and visual art.

Rebik initiated the "Friday Night at the Old Post Office Pavilion," a weekly open microphone night the council sponsors.

"I really enjoyed the work that I did with the Arts Council," Rebik said. "I thought the Arts Council was doing more every day."


Rebik said she has been asked to help with the summer program and will consider the offer. In the meantime, she will continue to search for a new position and enjoy jam sessions with her musical group, the Jugless Jug Band.

Rebik's dismissal comes as the council is seeing other changes among its ranks, as it welcomes new board members Glen Sarot and Pat Waters. They are filling vacancies created by the resignation of president Haydee Rodriguez and members Jimmie Canon and Bonnie Olesh earlier this year. Council bylaws require the council have 11 to 13 members on its board.

Additionally, the North County Coalition for the Arts, which had been affiliated with the county Arts Council, will become its own entity when it is granted nonprofit status later this year.

The county Arts Council is rewriting the job description for its executive director, said board member Cheryl Bogue. Current requirements for the position require the director have an arts related degree and "strong interest in the arts," according to Bogue.

Bogue said the council is focusing on expanding its arts programs in schools as well as seeking funding for such programs. The council also is working to fulfill objectives outlined in the 25-year cultural plan for the Imperial Valley, a master blueprint that outlines the arts and cultural services the ICAC plans to provide for the Valley.

Staff Writer Anthony Longoria can be reached at 337-3452.

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